For Immediate Release
Nov. 18, 2018
USA secures berth to 2019 World Men’s Championship
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Rich Ruohonen and the American men went 4-0 to secure a spot for the United States in the 2019 World Men’s Championship by winning the Americas Challenge today in Chaska, Minn.
Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and teammates Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (Minneapolis, Minn.), Phil Tilker (Seattle), and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) defeated Guyana’s Rayad Husain rink, 9-3, this morning at the Chaska Curling Center to complete their double round robin with a 4-0 record.
The U.S. joins Canada as the two countries set to represent the Americas Zone at the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship this spring in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The U.S. team will be determined this winter based on performances on the World Curling Tour and the 2019 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Guyana (1-2) can secure a spot in the World Qualifier Event in January with a win over Brazil (0-3) this afternoon. Two countries will earn spots to compete at the 2019 World Men’s Championship from the qualifier in January in New Zealand. Thirteen countries in total will make a run for the world title in Lethbridge.
Final scores and standings for the Americas Challenge are posted at www.usacurl.org.
Schedule and results (all times listed as CDT):
7 p.m. Friday: USA 10, Brazil 1
9 a.m. Saturday: USA 13, Guyana 2
2 p.m. Saturday: Guyana 10, Brazil 9 (extra end)
7 p.m. Saturday: USA 8, Brazil 1
8 a.m. Sunday: USA 9, Guyana 3
1 p.m. Sunday: Guyana vs. Brazil
Standings (double round robin):
About the Americas Challenge: For qualification to the World Curling Championships and World Junior Championships. The second ranked Americas Zone association from the previous WCC and WJCC, providing they are not hosting the upcoming championship, can face a challenge from any other World Curling Federation member association in the Americas Zone, which currently includes Brazil, Canada, Guyana, and the United States. This will be the fifth Americas Challenge to take place for the men’s Americas Zone berth and fourth time the U.S. men have competed in it. Brazil previously challenged the U.S. in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017. Canada defeated Brazil in the 2018 Americas Challenge to secure a berth to the 2018 World Men’s Championship in Las Vegas.
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